The Board of Directors for the Friends of the Royal Hawaiian Band are dedicated to the mission and purpose of the organization. They are comprised of numerous, diverse professionals who believe in the importance of perpetuating the Hawaiian culture through music, and specifically, the Royal Hawaiian Band.
Antoinette “Toni” Lee, President
Antoinette “Toni” Lee is retired from 41 years of Federal Civil Service. Ms. Lee is a Past President of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, Past President of the Pearl Harbor Hawaiian Civic Club, Class Coordinator for her graduating class of 1959, community leader and kupuna in the classroom at Manana Elementary School, 1st Vice President of the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame, Corresponding Secretary of the Pearl Harbor Hawaiian Civic Club, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Aloha Festivals, as well as their parade chairperson.
Jean Serikawa, Vice-President
Jean Serikawa attended the University of Hawaiʻi, then transferred to the University of Missouri, where she received both undergraduate & graduate degrees in journalism. She joined the board of the “Friends” through the inspiration of the late Ed Michelman. She has served as a volunteer for the organization throughout numerous areas and firmly believes in the Royal Hawaiian Band’s mission to promote and preserve Hawaiian music, helping to make more people aware of the spirit of the music they play She also believes in the Friends of the Royal Hawaiian Band’s mission to help “preserve the legacy of the Royal Hawaiian Band.”
Dr. Ricardo Trimillos, Treasurer
Ricardo D. Trimillos is Professor Emeritus in Music and in Asian Studies. He was former Chair of Asian Studies at the School of Pacific & Asian Studies and Professor in Ethnomusicology at the Music Department, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Honolulu. He has been involved in Hawaiian music and culture throughout his university career. He has produced and participated in Hawaiian music films and recordings. He has published on Hawaiian music performance and on the First International Period of Hawaiian music. He established the lecture course for Hawaiian music at UH. He served two terms on the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Board. He has been a national panelist for the NEA International and Folk Arts Programs, and chairperson for the advisory council of the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage.
Wayne Oshima, Secretary
Wayne Oshima retired from the 111th Army Band, Hawaiʻi Army National Guard, and from the Royal Hawaiian Band in 2011, with over 30 years of service. He served under four bandmasters and six mayors, but now enjoys retirement and quality time with his family. During his tenure as a member of the Royal Hawaiian Band he watched the Friends of the Royal Hawaiian Band strive to promote and perpetuate Hawaiian music and the music of the band for future generations. Their tireless efforts have been of great value to the band and Hawaiian music in general. Wayne feels that it is a privilege to serve as a board member for the Friends in support of the Royal Hawaiian Band, a living legacy of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi.
Dr. Niklaus Schweizer, Chairman
Dr. Niklaus Schweizer is a charter member of the Friends of the Royal Hawaiian Band and has served as a driving inspiration through many of the diverse projects of the organization. He is a Professor of German at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and teaches Europeans in the Pacific in both Hawaiian and in English. In addition, he serves on the Board of Consular Corps of Hawaiʻi as historian and Dean Emeritus.
Clarke K. Bright, Royal Hawaiian Band Bandmaster
Clarke K. Bright is Bandmaster of the Royal Hawaiian Band. Prior to his appointment, he was band director at Kamehameha Schools for 13-1/2 years, having taught at all educational levels. He also coordinated the Kamehameha Schools Summer Performing Arts Academy in 2009. He has coordinated band and choir trips to New Zealand, Japan, the East Coast, the West Coast, and the Islands of Hawaiʻi, Kauaʻi and Maui. His band directing commenced at Waimānalo Intermediate School where he worked for four years. He is a retired member of the 111th Army National Guard Band, where he served for 21 years. Clarke received his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Music Education from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.
Elena Farden, Director & Newsletter Editor
Elena Farden was a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and received her undergraduate degree in Telecommunications from Pepperdine University. She is currently pursuing her MBA in Non-Profit Marketing at Chaminade University. Community and culture are dear to her heart. She is a member of Hale O Nā Aliʻi O Hawaiʻi, a benevolent society, and has served as a cowriter for the Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts Lifetime Achievement Awards jonoree program. Her most recent volunteer venture has been with the Make A Wish Hawaiʻi Foundation as a Wish Granter.
John Hassler, Director
John Hassler is an attorney for the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. He currently serves as a Director on the board of the “Friends” and had previously served as their Secretary for more than a decade, then as their Second Vice-President. His enjoyment of life is in cooking, watching movies, and spending time with his family.
Milton Imaikalani I, Director
Milton Imaikalani I was an original charter member of the Friends and has served on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Royal Hawaiian Band in many capacities throughout the organizations existence. His knowledge and enthusiasm for the activities of the Board continually make him a valuable asset.
Ethel Iwasaki, Director
Ethel Iwasaki is the immediate past Southwest Director and National Board Member of the Music Teachers Association. Presently, she is a music teacher, church musician, and Vice=President of the Institute of Ikebana Ohara School. Ethel has also served as a past editor for the Friends of the Royal Hawaiian Band Newsletter.
Jay Junker, Director
J.W. Junker has taught in the Ethnomusicology program at UH for more than twenty years. He also stays busy producing concerts, educational outreach and a host of media projects related to the traditional arts. It has been his pleasure to work with many of the leading artists and art institutions throughout the islands as well as abroad.
Allan Mosher, Director
Allan Mosher was selected as the newest member of the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Royal Hawaiian Band. He joined the Friends because he believes that this organization is unique, has an incredible history, and deserves wider recognition. Consequently, he wishes to see the membership increase to a higher level. Allan’s experiences will help to achieve that goal. He was employed by Pan-American cargo sales for twenty years. Prior to Hawaiʻi, Allan was a businessman on the mainland and a combat photographer for the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
William (Bill) Souza, Director
William Souza is a high chief and protocol officer for the Royal Order of Kamehameha I. Previously, he served as a member of the Historical Preservation Review Board and is now the chair of the St. Marianne Cope Committee. He has served on the Board for the Friends of the Royal Hawaiian Band in many capacities and continues to set high standards for all of his Board related activities.
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